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Château de Brézé has a long and storied history, first being mentioned in texts in 1068, lauded by King René of Anjou in the 15th century and served at all the royal courts. In 1957, when the AOC of Saumur Champigny was established, the owner of Château de Brézé refused to be part of the appellation, saying that his estate's vineyards were the best and deserved an appellation all their own. And he was probably right. Unfortunately, the wines from those exceptional vineyards were terrible. Lucky for us, the winery sold in 2009 to Le Comte de Colbert, who recruited Arnaud Lambert from nearby Domaine de Saint Just to make the wine. He changed the vineyards over to organic farming and began producing truly stellar wines worthy of their source. The 2012 Château de Brézé Clos David is all estate-grown Chenin Blanc raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. It has the slightly-oxidized note of a great White Burgundy and a lovely richness that allows it to pair with a variety of foods.

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Secret Recipes: Tres Agaves Margaritas and more

Photo from Loose Record (CC)Most mixologists guard their margarita recipe like an Italian grandma guards her pasta sauce recipe, so it was a rare treat to get some tips from the pros at Tres Agaves during July’s National Tequila Day celebration. Here, like at my other favorite tequila haunt in Alameda, La Piñata, they employ a purist approach to the making of the most famous tequila cocktail:

First, you take a pint glass. Add tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice, agave nectar and two scoops of ice, then shake until your fingers go numb and strain on the rocks. There’s no filler to this cocktail— no Cointreau, no Triple Sec, no Grand Marnier. It is the pure expression of agave, as a spirit and a sweetener, with fresh lime juice to lift the earthy, heady flavors. The first time we made our margaritas with Arêtte Blanco. It was a fresh, pure and clean drink. For round two, I made my margarita with the Siete Leguas Reposado. I really enjoyed the extra richness and complexity that this tequila gave to the cocktail.



Tres Agaves Style Margarita

2 ounces tequila (blanco or reposado, depending on your mood)

1 ounce agave nectar

1-ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

To a pint glass add tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and two scoops of ice. Shake until your fingers go numb. Serve strained, on the rocks.


If you’re looking for something a little tangier, try another of my favorites, the Paloma.


Classic: In a high ball glass with a salted rim and ice, add 2 oz of a blanco tequila, a squeeze of lime and top with Jarritos grapefruit soda. Garnish with a lime wedge

Fancy: In a pint glass, add 2 oz of blanco tequila, 1/2 oz of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, 1 oz Cointreau, a dash of Bitterman's Grapefruit Bitters, 3-4 oz of ruby red grapefruit juice and two scoops of ice. Shake until your fingers go numb. Strain into an ice filled highball glass and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Low rent version: In a tall glass with a salted rim and ice, add 2 oz of blanco tequila and a squeeze of lime juice. Top with Fresca and garnish with whatever you want!

If you’ve had too much tequila, here’s a little hair of the dog to cure what ails you.    


2 ounces tequila (blanco or reposado, depending on your mood)

¾ oz fresh limejuice

½ oz agave nectar

3-4 thick slices fresh ginger

¼ oz mezcal or fragrant tequila, for float

Place ginger in a shaker or mixing glass and muddle into a paste. Add tequila, lime, agave nectar and ice and shake until your fingers go numb. Double-strain through fine-mesh strainer into chilled cocktail glass—ideally something pretty with a stem. Float the mezcal on top of drink using a bar spoon.

Anne Pickett

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Reader Comments (1)

I like collecting various kinds of recipes. Your recipes seems delicious.......have a chance to test it.
January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRecipes

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